Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1601..
Dr Foskey (continuing):
members and the secretary—then let us do it that way. We are members. If debate on the bill is delayed until August, there is a good chance it will not be through before the election, because I imagine there will be substantive debate, especially if there are concerns about the bill. So far those concerns have been ironed out by negotiation, discussion and dialogue, which is a good way to do it. But if debate on the bill does not start until August, I would be concerned that it would not get through before the election. There will be so much business in the two sitting weeks in August.
Ms Gallagher: Three.
DR FOSKEY: Three. Anyway, I still feel there is that possibility that debate will not be finished. If we start the debate in June, we may still be debating it in August anyway. I am not going to support the motion. I hope the motion was based on a real concern. I think we should have total respect for this legislation and for the processes that are being followed. We should debate it in the Assembly and do our jobs.
MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (12.29): Mr Speaker, I will speak briefly on this matter. I am sorry for the Sanskrit version of the amendment I have circulated, but my proposal is to amend Mrs Dunne's amended motion by inserting the date "4 August"instead of "19 August"as the date for the committee to report back, and I so move the amendment circulated in my name:
MR SPEAKER: Order! The time for discussion of Assembly business has expired.
Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.
Sitting suspended from 12.31 to 2.30 pm.
Questions without notice
Budget—amenity of public areas
MR SESELJA: My question is to the Treasurer and it relates to budget funding in the outyears. Minister, budget paper No 3, page 95, details the improved maintenance